Have you been considering hardwood floors for your home? Do you know which woods are rated the hardest and therefore more resistant to damage and wear?While all woods* are subject to scratches and dents, it's helpful to know which species will stand up to wear better than others.A Janka rating is the measurement of wood's resistance to impact and wear. It indicates how many pounds of force are required to embed a small steel ball into the surface of the wood to a depth of half the ball's diameter. The resulting number signifies the hardness of the wood; the higher the Janka rating, the harder the wood.

Image courtesy of Wood Floors Online[/caption]*It is important to remember that no wood species is bulletproof, regardless of finish. Proper care and maintenance of all flooring is recommended for lasting beauty and enjoyment.Source: Kentwood Floors